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How does the ISP Tutor align with Next Generation and PA Science Standards?

Instruction in the ISP Tutor aligns with NGSS’s Science and Engineering Practices of Planning & Carrying Out Investigations:

• Plan an investigation individually and collaboratively, and in the design: identify independent and dependent variables and controls, what tools are needed to do the gathering, how measurements will be recorded, and how many data are needed to support a claim; Conduct an investigation and/or evaluate and/or revise the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that meet the goals of the investigation.

For elementary grades 3-5:

• Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved (NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-3).

• Identify the variables in a simple investigation (PDESAS: S3.A.2.1.3).

For middle school grades, 6-8:

• Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and mass of the object (NGSS: MS-PS2-2).

• Design a controlled experiment by specifying how the independent variables will be manipulated, how the dependent variable will be measured and which variables will be held constant (PDESAS: S8.A.2.1.3).

Benefits of using the ISP Tutor in your classroom:

  • Provides in-depth, targeted instruction about Experimental Design and Control of Variables Strategy (CVS) which can help students design and understand how to create valid science experiments.

  • The ISP Tutor is free and adaptive.

  • Supports instruction related to NGSS Engineering Design standards and PA Science Standards.

  • Will provide individual student progress reports which will be exportable and used in teacher or student portfolios.